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Losson, Joseph Raoul (P1, C1, L2)

Private First Class Joseph Raoul Losson, 19, Bardstown, Nelson County died while on federal active duty of pneumonia at 6:30 p.m. on 18 April 1917 in a military hospital in Louisville. Losson was a member of Company B, First Kentucky Infantry Regiment. Losson served with his unit on the Mexican border during the punitive expedition. After returning from border duty circa February 1917 his company was assigned guard duty at bridges in Kentucky. He contracted his illness one week prior to his death. Losson is buried in the Saint Joseph Cemetery in Bardstown and his headstone lists his name as Raoul Losson.

Losson joined the Kentucky National Guard on 26 June 1916. He was promoted to private first class on 1 January 1917. He listed his civilian occupation as clerk. Losson was born 15 October 1897.

Private Losson’s name is one of those honored on the World War Memorial dedicated in 1919 on the 100th anniversary of the Saint Joseph Cathedral in Bardstown

The Kentucky National Guard was mobilized for duty on the Mexican border in June of 1916, and would serve on the border at El Paso, Texas, from August 1916, until March 1917.  The primary mission of the Kentucky Guard was to patrol a sixty-mile of stretch of the border along the Rio Grande River from El Paso to Fort Hancock, Texas.  

Upon returning from the border, most of the Kentucky units were kept in federal status for possible service in World War I.  On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war against the Central Powers. The entire Kentucky Guard was mobilized and sent to the newly constructed Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in June 1917.

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Photo without permission from Bardstown: Hospitality, History, and Bourbon By Dixie Hibbs Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (October 28, 2002) ISBN-10: 0738523917 ISBN-13: 978-0738523910

“On August 6,1919, the Soldiers’ Memorial was unveiled at Saint Joseph. The monument of bronze figures of victory and liberty on native coral stone was erected to remember the men who served in the great war and those who have their lives: Joseph Raoul Losson, Chester Stewart, W. Tom Rapier, and Herman Evans. It was also the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the construction of the” ....

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3). EIN 26-3705273

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